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The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) (1945)

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The Immortal Battalion has a bit of a convoluted history. It started life as a training film, The New Lot, which ran 44 minutes. When Winston Churchill approached David Niven about creating a film that would do for the British Army what In Which We Serve had done for the Royal Navy, he contacted Carol Reed and suggested expanding The New Lot. The result, written by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, was the acclaimed The Way Ahead. For its U.S. release, Way Ahead was edited to a shorter length and

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Direction by Carol Reed is competent, and undoubtedly accounts for the underlying genuineness of the picture as a semi-documentary.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A warm and touching tribute to the British Army infantryman.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Despite a framework which stresses regimental traditions and military valour, the film's celebration of the ordinary man as soldier leaves a residue of radicalism.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Bracing, spirited and lovely.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Carol Reed directed this 1944 war film from a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A rousing flag-waving war drama about the British Army, that was shot during the war and grew out of being a training film.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Captain Reed directs his superb cast headed by Colonel Niven in a film of humour and integrity.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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